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Out(Fire)Foxed! [May. 16th, 2005|09:42 pm]
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I've finally decided to switch from Opera to Firefox.

Firefox offered some compelling features, besides slightly more robustness (but slightly less zippiness) than Opera. (And both with better security than IE.) Firefox is also starting to get some nifty plug-in extensions.

Integrate ad-blocking into the browser. Right-click menu item is used to teach it which servers/URLs to block.

Well-designed mouse gesture style navigation. (It's actually a pie menu, which is even better, IMHO.) Great because it is thoroughly customizable.

Let's you drag and rearrange tabs (when you have multiple pages open in the tab bar). This should so be a part of the browser interface.

Here's a tip if, like me, you prefer every page be tabs within one application window:

Enter "about:config" in the location bar to reveal your Firefox configuration variables.
Find "browser.tabs.showSingleWindowModePrefs" in the list.
Right click on the value and toggle it to "true".
(You can close that page now.)
Open the preferences dialog box (Tools|Options...)
In the Advanced section, under Tabbed Browsing, is a new option to "Force links that open new windows to open in a... new tab in the same window". Yea!

The other interesting thing that's come out recently is the Greasemonkey plugin. This one's intersting since it allows you to do .

What's that mean? You can run scripts of your design (or from other people) on incoming pages. This allows you to modify the pages arbitrarily to suit your tastes. Scripts can be set to run based on the URL you're visiting, too, so that a script may only apply to a certain site.

Examples I've found useful:
Unembed - Put clickable/saveable links next to embedded (non-streaming) media.
DumbQuotes - Replaces "smart quotes" with standard ASCII quotes (useful when copying to editors or using odd fonts).
AutoReload - Force pages (you choose the sites) to auto-reload.

I expect to see many more interesting developments in this area...

The one thing that Firefox does NOT have which I really miss from Opera:

Tab bar stacked vertically. Opera lets you put the tab bar down the right edge of the app window. Since tabs are text labels, this is a much more efficient use of screen real estate -- I regularly browse with around 30 tabs open.

If anyone knows of a plugin or way to do this in Firefox, please let me know! Thanks. :)

[User Picture]From: drfgeek
2005-05-17 05:28 am (UTC)
I suddenly find you on my "Friends of" list, add you back, and the first thing I hear from you is switching to Firefox. I like you already. ^.^
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2005-05-17 07:34 pm (UTC)
Ah, well-timed. :>

Yeah, I found you through mutual friends and you sounded interesting, so I added you. Welcome to my journal!
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[User Picture]From: polrbear
2005-05-17 06:27 am (UTC)
May I also suggest Image Zoom, it lets you get a better look at things.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2005-05-17 07:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the suggestion. I'm using it already!
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[User Picture]From: ysengrin
2005-05-17 01:59 pm (UTC)
Greasemonkey is nifty; I hadn't come across it before ... and welcome to Firefox.

I've also got EditCSS and Web Developer loaded up.

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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2005-05-17 07:36 pm (UTC)
Those look cool but I don't do too much heavy web authoring, so they're probably overkill for me. Thanks, though.
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[User Picture]From: polrbear
2005-05-17 10:49 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure if this is what you are after, but here is info about moving the tab bar...

{Yes, the url contains parentheses}
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2005-05-17 11:51 pm (UTC)
You SO ROCK! (As does Firefox, now.)

I kept finding info only about moving the tabs to the top or bottom. Evidently I wasn't using the right terminology in my googles. Thanks muchly!
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